The psychology of interrogations, confessions, and testimony

  title={The psychology of interrogations, confessions, and testimony},
  author={Gisli Gudjonsson},
  journal={Journal of Psychophysiology},
  • G. Gudjonsson
  • Published 1 April 1999
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Psychophysiology
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